Tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states and cross-linguistic transfer

Katy Borodkin, Miriam Faust

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This study examined cross-linguistic transfer in oral language skills in a sample of 50 native Hebrew speakers who learned English as a second language. The ability to retrieve phonological forms of words in naming, as manifested by the tendency to experience tip-of-the-tongue states, was correlated across languages. We also found within and across language correlations between this ability and grammatical accuracy, lexical diversity, and syntactic complexity in second language narratives. These findings are consistent with the transfer across languages in oral language skills and provide insights into the processes linking phonological and higher level encoding in production of connected speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-923
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • cross-linguistic transfer
  • naming
  • oral language production
  • second language acquisition
  • tip-of-the-tongue states


Dive into the research topics of 'Tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states and cross-linguistic transfer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this